Summer’s quickly coming to an end, but there’s still time to maximize the joy of the season in Austin. If you want to end your summer with a BANG, here’s several ideas for packing in some good times with the kids.

Visit a local water park for ultimate splashing, water-sliding, lazy river raft-riding and more! We’ve got plenty of details to share about some of our favorite local parks. Read our reviews and tips for going to Schlitterbahn in New Braunfels, the RockN’ River in Round Rock and Volente Beach on Lake Travis.

–>We want to send some readers to Schlitterbahn before the season is over! Scroll below to enter to win tickets!


RockN’ River Water Park

— Dive into the cold waters of our area’s coolest pools. A dip in Barton Springs Pool is tops on the list of popular things to do in Austin, of course, but you can also squeeze in a few more swims at one of the city pools & splash pads before they close for the season. Check out the schedule here. And check out our list of especially Awesome Pools & Splash Pads Around Austin.


Barton Springs

Head downtown at dusk to watch the bats at the Congress Ave. Bridge. And mark your calendar for the 13th Annual Bat Fest on Saturday, August 20. Click here for ticket info.


Bats at Congress Ave. Bridge

— Root for the home team at a Round Rock Express Baseball game. Remaining home games take place through September 5. Click here for ticket info.


Dell Diamond – Round Rock Express Game

— Jump, bounce & climb on trampolines and inflatables in one of Austin’s indoor play places. Or pack your pockets full of quarters to one of the many local arcades to play some games.

—-> Do512 Family wants to give families one more chance to live it up before school starts. Join us on Saturday, August 20 from 10 a.m. – 12 p.m. for the final installment of our Summer Forever Series – the Do512 Family Back to School Bash at Mt. Playmore! For this special event, save 30% for ages 4 & up and an additional 20% if you like Mt. Playmore on Facebook! Take advantage of this special pricing, as well as arcade games, and a Texas-Sized playscape that all ages can enjoy. Click here for more info.


Climbing around at Mt. Playmore

— Head out of the city for a little day trip, visit one of our area swimming holes, or try a weekend vacay at one of the family-friendly resorts around Austin.

— Check out a free concert! You can also check out free Unplugged at the Grove concerts on Thursday nights through September 8. And you can attend one of Austin Symphony’s  “Concerts in the Park” at the Long Center on Sunday nights through August 28.

— Go see a show! Mary Poppins is playing at ZACH Theatre through September 4. Read all about this adorable show here. You can see Robin Hood and Maid Marian’s Wedding at Scottish Rite Theater through August 21. And The Big Bad Musical is a free show for kids on Saturdays & Sundays through August 21.

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Mary Poppins at ZACH Theatre

— Indulge in some frozen treats (because ice cream tastes even better when it’s 100 degrees outside, right?). Here’s our favorite places for cold treats Austin.


photo from Amy’s Ice Creams Facebook page

— Obviously, these are just a handful of ideas. For more info about events and activities in Austin, be sure to check out our daily calendar and sign up for our weekly top picks email to stay in-the-know.

And keep in mind that even though school is starting back soon, the fun never ends in Austin!

–> Schlitterbahn Giveaway! We have a family 4-pack of passes to Schlitterbahn New Braunfels to give to a lucky reader. Tickets are good for any dates through the rest of the 2016 season except: August 6, 13, 20. Enter below! Good luck!

Entering the giveaway will add you to the Do512 Family email list, where we let you know about the best Austin family events each week.

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